Dec 18, 2012 7:00pm EST
guns. >>> held hostage. our own richard engel and his crew set free after being kidnapped for five days inside syria. tonight we'll hear from richard about what happened and how they made it out. >>> is there a deal in sight on that so-called fiscal cliff? that may hinge on how both side define "rich." >>> and making a difference. it started as a simple idea, just being kind. tonight ann curry reports on the overwhelming response now being felt around the world. overwhelming response now being felt around the world. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television 6 captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. four days now since the tragedy that altered our entire country. the gun lobby has spoken its first words on the subject. the national rifle association, the nra, which is routinely referred to as the most powerful grassroots lobbying organization in this country, has been silent. they said today out of respect for the victims. ever since a troubled young man with four firearms took 28 lives, including his own, 20 of them little children
Dec 18, 2012 5:00pm PST
scare in syria turns into a real happy ending. tonight we'll tell you how nbc's richard engel escaped from his kidnappers. >> i'm very happy that we're able this morning. >> thanks for watching. it may be a rare moment in gun history, but the nation is focused on gun control following the massacre in connecticut. the national rifle association finally broke its silence on the newtown shooting. a statement released today by the organization said, in part, the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. the language is similar to president obama's call for meaningful action, but contribution from the nra remains to be seen. but several republican politicians are already headed in the direction of change. michigan governor rick snyder saw republicans in his state legislature pass a bill to allow guns in schools and day care centers. the bill was passed one day before the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. today the republican governor vetoed the bill. according to the detroit news, snyder vetoed the bill because it wouldn't allow schools an
Dec 18, 2012 5:30pm PST
to learn that our friend, veteran reporter richard engel is free and safe. he was held captive for five days in syria, and highlights the danger in the shadows there. as the rebels and the terrorists and president assad wrestles for power, i want to bring in abc's foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz. >> reporter: good evening match truly terrifying ordeal for richard engel and his crew. they were ambushed by more than a dozen heavily armed men, believed to be loyalists to assad's government. one of the rebels they were with was executed on the spot in front of them. they were blindfolded, hands bound and threatened with death. he talked about it after he was freed this morning. >> they made us choose who would be shot first. and when we refused there were mock shootings. they pretended to shoot gazi several times. >> reporter: gazi is one of the crew. they escaped with the help of rebels at a check point after a fire fight where two of the kidnappers were killed. there is still a young american freelance journalist, austin tice, who has been held hostage since august in syria.
Dec 19, 2012 1:00am PST
when we saw it. it's nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel, looking a little disheveled, a little less groomed than usual, but as you can see, looking like himself. on the left this is ghazi balkiz and john klooister, a long-time nbc news photographer. these three men were able to appear live on the "today" show, fife days after being kidnapped and held in captivity in syria. just hours before this shot of them this morning, they were freed by a syrian rebel group who rescued them from an unknown group that had taken them and that had held them for five, long, horrible days. the rebel group not only rescued these three, they then took responsibility for driving them to the border and getting them safely out of syria. they were in syria in the first place to cover the war there. this is footage of richard's last piece for nbc news before the kidnapping happened. richard and his team are veterans in this field. they've been working together for a decade in just about every corner of the world you can imagine, including long stints covering the war in iraq. also the war in
Dec 18, 2012 4:00pm PST
, an unbelievable story about richard engel who apparently got kidnapped in syria. >> they pretended to shoot several times. when you're blind foaled and they fire the gun up in the air it can be very traumatic experience. >> cenk: it's a crazy story. thank god he's all right. tell you all about it on tonight's show. it is go time. [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> shame on the n.r.a. >> cenk: those are protestors in front of the n.r.a. headquarters, great to see protests there. they came out with a statement i'll share in a little bit. first i want to show you some of the families in the victims and the different shootings we've had recently. they spoke out today and it was great to hear from them. >> my son mat mcquinn was 27 and he died in the aurora shooting. >> my son alex was killed in the aurora theater shooting, july 20, 2012. >> he was 24 years old my cousin was 26-year-old jonathan killed in the theater. >> our daughter jessica was killed in aurora on july 20 of this year. >> my father was professor of civil engineering at virginia tech and he was killed on april 16, 2007. >> my sister was a fre
Dec 18, 2012 7:00pm PST
kidnapped five days ago in syria, but there's good news. they are free tonight. abc's richard engel and his crew were traveling with a group of syrian rebels when gunman sympathetic to the syrian government attacked them. now they are free. earlier richard engel spoke to the turkish media. >> the last five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. we appreciate all the help. the last five days are some days that we would hear forget. if you can understand, we just came out now. we haven't even left yet. we're very tired. so we'll probably be talking more in the coming days. thank you for being here. thanks to everyone. we're really happy. >> greta: engle and his crew were not hurt physically during the ordeal, but they were mentally tortured and explained the traumatic teens on "the today show." >> a group of gunmen literally jumped out of the trees and bushes on the side of the road. there were probably 15 gunmen. they were wearing ski masks. they were heavily armed. they dragged us out of the car.
Dec 18, 2012 5:30pm PST
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Dec 18, 2012 4:00pm PST
, the great chief foreign correspondent richard engel, and his crew are free after being held captive in syria for five days. they were abducted by a group of gunmen after they drove through what they thought was rebel-controlled territory. they escaped during a firefight between their captors and the rebels. and they safely reached turkey today. this morning on the "today" show, engel described the kinds of things he and his crew were subjected to by their kidnappers. >> they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first, and when we refused, there were mock shootings. >> mock shootings. richard engel is back with us. he's one of the best reporters around the world regularly risking his life to report from war zones across the middle east. we're very happy he's safe and sound tonight, and we'll be right back. and i'm a chief warrant officer. i love the fact that quicken loans provides va loans. quicken loans understood the details and guided me throug